I want to thank everyone for their respective welcome messages. This is my first post so I want to give a little more primary information about me and my shop. I’m literally starting over and am glad I have found this site to be able to share my progress with and entertain your comments and suggestions along the way. It has been over ten years since the “Ex” kept all the good stuff and i relocated. All is forgiven, as it’s just stuff, and the love of my life now sa...
Well this post has been a while in coming…We moved into the new townhouse back in May, I spent about a month painting (old place and the new), swapping out all the light fixtures, switches, plugs, taps, doors and even the kitchen cabinet doors, so the shop just had to wait. Here’s the space before we moved in.Walking in the door Looking to the right All the way in, by the window, looking at the exit. Then the move happened…by the time the movers got to moving my ...
The new shop is finally getting done. I decided to put the shop in our 14 X 21 garage. My wife and I felt it was the quickest & cheapest way to get started for now. If I get busy and want to expand, there is a possibility of a bigger shop in the back yard. Then the 14 X 21 shop can be a finishing shop. This is the way the garage looked before I emptied it out and started to work. My first step was to rework tape joints, renail sheet rock and fix up damaged spots. Now I reme...
We moved into a new home from a very small apartment. Fortunately for me, the new place has a 2-car garage; I claimed it right away as a workshop. So far, I’ve been able to actually use half of it to set up my new shop. I’ve had larger workshops over the years, and made money from them. Here, I hope to build 36-string lever harps starting next year. Don’t know if I’ll make money on this one, but that’s my plan. Right now, I’m working with a Skilsaw, hand...
I’m starting an exciting new phase of my woodworking experience. My wife and I retired in January 2012, sold our old home (in 5 days!) in March, bought a new one (2 days later) in a distant city, packed up the house and shop, and moved in the second week in April. Not wasting too much time here! The new house originally had a deep 2 1/2 car garage. The previous owner added on a generous third bay that is 14 feet wide, and a little over 33 feet deep, with a rollup garage door at ea...
The drywall was finished a couple weeks ago and my Mom painted most of it. It looks great! We went with eggshell white just so it would brighten the room up, but not shine at the same time (my Mom’s advice, not mine). All the garage doors are now on and we can finally lock up the shop at night! All the outlets in the woodshop are now powered: I have four 220v outlets and the rest is filled with 110v outlets. I do not plan on having 4 machines that require 220v, I just wanted options on ...
This whole year has not been very productive for me. A little over a year ago we lost our plant to a fire and since I’ve always worked hard long hours for over 40 years it certainly knocked me for a loop. I was planning on working another five years or more. However, after much soul searching my brother, his wife, and I decided that since we were in our sixties and had all worked so hard for many years that we really didn’t think we had it in us to start over from scratch. We deci...
Well, here goes; my first attempt at a blog, and because of that I’ll keep this entry short to see how my editing and pix uploading skills turn out. The purpose of the blog is to chronicle the design, construction and outfitting of my new shop. Assuming there is interest, I’ll add entries as progress is made. My hope is others can benefit from seeing the mistakes I’ll surely make along the way. I guess the first question is why build a shop. The answer seems a bit obvious since who does...
The pouring of the walls went well. There was ample steel rebar in the footings and the walls were poured with rebar in them . These will be bent over into the floor so the concrete in the floor will be tied into the concrete in the walls. It is difficult to see the rebar sticking out of the walls but it can be seen if you look carefully. The concrete in the footings was given ample time to cure before the pouring of the walls. The concrete in the walls was given ample time to cure before the...
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